A while back I got together with a conservative Christian family I hadn’t seen in a bit.
Much to my surprise, the father (in front of his teenage daughters) went on a long rant spewing quite a bit of venom against homosexuals. He never used the term ‘gays’ but instead kept calling them f***ts, and no; there wasn’t any kindness in his use of the term (can there be?) at all.
What stood out to me about this ‘christian’ man (a husband & father) is that he’s the type of fundamentalist christian that won’t tolerate any cussing whatsoever. If one of his daughters were to slip out a S**t or even the dreaded F-Bomb….there would be hell to pay in his household.
Anyone who knows me is well aware of the fact that I have been known to express my thoughts at time using uh…..colorful language. But I do have a problem with christian’s and gay-bashers who use the slur f***t to unleash their hostility toward gays (I also hate the N-word and never use that either.
I don’t have a problem with cussing. What’s wrong with it?
One of my favorite bible heroes cussed like a sailor; King David.
The Psalms are filled with language that you’re not allowed to use in church…..but its all over the pages of this famous book in the bible.
Psalms 69, 109, 137, and 139 are a mere sample of the chapters that contain the type of language my mother would have washed my mouth out with soap.
In ancient times, they didn’t use the F*** word because, put simply; the F*** word finds its origins in the Saxon language of the British Isles so it hadn’t even been ‘invented’ yet.
Thus, the bible uses the course language of its day. What’s wrong with cussing?
I’m not suggesting its cool to walk around and drop F-bombs willy nilly; all things in moderation.
But I do believe that a carefully scripted cuss word can help to emphasize a point your trying to make, and it can definitely add a sense of descriptive color to your language.However, the contradiction of those who demonize cussing yet call gay’s f***ts, and use the term to demonize gays, drives me nuts.
Am I missing something here?